The Adventures of China Iron

by Gabriela Cabezon Camara

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    Fiction

    Paperback

    9781916465664

    Published by Charco Press

    Published November 2019

    Shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020.

    1872. The pampas of Argentina. China is a young woman eking out an existence in a remote gaucho encampment.

    After her no-good husband is conscripted into the army, China bolts for freedom, setting off on a wagon journey through the pampas in the company of her new-found friend Liz, a settler from Scotland. While Liz provides China with a sentimental education and schools her in the nefarious ways of the British Empire, their eyes are opened to the wonders of Argentina’s richly diverse flora and fauna, cultures and languages, as well as to the ruthless violence involved in nation-building. This subversive retelling of Argentina’s foundational gaucho epic Martín Fierro is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom.

    With humour and sophistication, Gabriela Cabezón Cámara has created a joyful, hallucinatory novel that is also an incisive critique of national myths.

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